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How do I write a CV for a good job in nannying, childcare or education? That's a question which is often asked of us here at JIC. So, counting down in order of importance, here are our top 10 ways you can improve your CV immediately and help you secure a top nanny, governor or governess job . Let’s get started!   Keep your personal and contact information updated and thorough So whether you believe...
Signing a governess, governor, or nanny contract can be overwhelming. We have some tips to help you out! After you have prepared for, and aced your nanny or governess interview , next is the contract offer. Governess or nanny contract examples are long, packed with information, and may include complex legal terminology or terms you may be unfamiliar with. Sadly, a nanny work agreement is a necessary evil. You don’t want to make any...
Here are our top tips to help when working with children displaying difficult behaviour.   1. Check and define boundaries with parents - and work as a team Remember that it’s the charge’s parents who decide most of the rules. Find out what is acceptable for the parents and what isn’t in terms of behaviour, and make your own suggestions. Bear in mind too that it is your responsibility to keep the parents...
Whether you are celebrating a birthday, holiday or want to give your kids money on the spot, there are tons of ways to give cash as a present that your children will undoubtedly love. Giving your kids money is often viewed as a lesser gift when compared with a tangible item. But cash can be the best gift for older kids if given at the right time.  So here are eight ways in which you can surprise your kids with cash and make them happy...
If you are preparing for your nanny interview it's normal to feel a little stressed Don't worry, we have some tips to help you put your best foot forward. A childcare job  interview will be unlike ones for roles in other industries, and on top of that, you've got a whole family to impress! Luckily we've done the research and put together some information to help you prepare for your next nanny, governess or...
Your nanny job interview is make or break; it is what will get you the job or not! And yet candidates everywhere continue to make the same errors! So go ahead and read JIC's Top 12 mistakes you MUST avoid in your interview, and then go and get that job! 1. Not dressing appropriately When interviewing with an agency or a potential employer, it is generally a good idea to imagine you’re on your first day at...
Looking for some quick and easy ideas for a kids treasure map? All of the arts and crafts ideas below are easy to do, don't worry! They require no more than card, scissors, elastic, glue or tape and crayons or paints, and all look great on the wall (or on the child!) N.B. Some of these ideas have been designed with an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and working as a nanny or governess job  environment in mind, and are...
Popular worldwide, governor and governess jobs tend to be focused on the education, behaviour, and general upbringing of the charge(s). However, a new  governess job  or international governor position can come in many shapes and sizes. Here are some solid tips to keep things moving along through your trial week and beyond.   1.Be smiley and positive A simple tip to start, but this really is essential. No...
Here's a chance to up your arts and crafts game and inspire your kids with an amazing fairy door activity. Elf or fairy doors are at an easy and creative activity that will keep you and your kids busy by the nice warm fire on a (hopefully) snowy afternoon. They are great fun to make, will impress your charge's parents and provide many a photo opportunity. And don't forget working together is a great way to build up the kids'...
Need inspiration for original and eye-catching displays and activities for kids of all ages? This week we spoke to primary school teacher Mrs Dunn , who shared some fabulous arts and crafts activities with us. Read on for more on her original ideas and our interview with her. Hello Mrs Dunn! First of all - please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background? Hi there! My...
Confessions of a nanny! Trying to be the perfect nanny all the time is exhausting. Whether it's you or the kids, the chances of something going wrong are overwhelming. But at least we can laugh at the situations we get ourselves into, right? Right...? Read on for our nine hilarious and embarrassing real-life nanny confessions.   "It's an 'F' word" I had one charge, Daniel, who was very keen on trying to shock the...
Working as a nanny, 9 things nannies wish their employers knew. Interestingly, many people outside assume that the nanny job is all about the kids. In reality, it’s equally (or sometimes more) about the parents, the family, the employer. A good employer can make your work life wonderful, a real pleasure. A bad one can make your workplace miserable, even if the children are angels. With this in mind, Jobs in Childcare...